| Nov 19, 2014
| 12:55 PM
Huntington Beach has found a way to help pay down its growing employee pension costs.
City Council members voted 6 to 0 on Monday, with Mayor Matthew Harper absent, to gradually increase the franchise fee the city charges trash collector Rainbow...
| Nov 21, 2014
| 5:06 PM
The Newport Beach City Council will consider a plan Tuesday night to more quickly fund employee pensions.
Instead of rolling forward the unfunded pension liability — the difference between the amount the city will owe in retirement benefits and...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 4:00 AM
The board of the California Public Employees' Retirement System voted to add to a recent pension reform law 99 bonuses that can boost workers' current paychecks and also their future pensions. Here are some of these retirement-enhancing bonuses:
| Oct 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
To the editor: Why should a library staff member receive a bonus for helping a patron? Why should a jail worker receive a bonus for answering a question from the public? Surely those activities are part of the employee's job description. ("99 ways to...
| Oct 29, 2014
| 4:56 PM
In a closely watched case, a federal judge on Thursday is expected to decide whether the bankrupt city of Stockton can continue to pay employees generous pensions that soon could consume one-fifth of municipal revenues.
The ruling has been much...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 1:13 PM
A federal bankruptcy judge approved the city of Stockton’s bankruptcy recovery plan, allowing the city to continue with planned pension payments to retired workers.
The case was being closely watched after the judge ruled this month that the city&...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 5:41 PM
Could a city in bankruptcy be required to cut its employees' pensions as part of its reorganization plan, as a matter of fairness to other creditors taking cuts? Christopher M. Klein, the chief federal bankruptcy judge in Sacramento, answered that...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 6:17 PM
A federal bankruptcy judge approved the city of Stockton's bankruptcy recovery plan Thursday and sidestepped challenges to its workers' pensions that could have threatened municipal retirement plans across the state in the years ahead.
| Nov 7, 2014
| 5:55 PM
For years, Owen Murray believed that Pacific Investment Management Co. was a safe bet for his clients for one big reason.
"They were just very, very consistent," said Murray, investment director at a financial advisory firm for wealthy individuals in...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 5:58 PM
A decade ago, many of California's public pension plans had plenty of money to pay for workers' retirements.
All that has changed, according to a far-reaching package of data from the state controller. Taxpayers are now on the hook for billions of...
| Oct 22, 2014
| 12:52 PM
Huntington Beach City Council candidate Michael Posey says he's had enough of the council banning consumer items — from plastic bags to sales of cats and dogs.
He said he and many residents he has heard from are fed up with council members...